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This week, I thought I'd talk about favorite books. I often have people ask me what my favorite resources are related to cancer survivorship. There are a few books that we use on a daily or weekly basis in our education practice here at Mayo Clinic. A few favorites:
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I'm currently a cancer patient. I would like the book on nutrition but it doesn't give me the option to open or buy. Since cancer has already taken over my breast, I want to take charge of my healing thru proper nutrition and natural way or holistic way.
"CHEMORELLA" (or Spanish title "Quimiorela") by Ken Phillips & Katy Franco. It's a fresh, humorous take on the Cinderella story, but this heroine has breast cancer and is pretty, witty -- and bald. Katy is a Latina actress, comic, certified laughter leader, breast cancer survivor/awareness activist who used humor and creativity to get through her cancer, aided by her then-boyfriend, now husband Ken Phillips. The book is beautifully illustrated and is bilingual, Spanish and English side by side. www.chemorella.com (I am not a survivor but know many people, including children, who have been uplifted by this book.)
I love "The Cancer Journey - Positive Steps to Help Yourself Heal" by Polly Noble, Dr Pam Evans and Nicholas Hull-Malham. It was very useful to me and my family while going through chemo as you can pick it up and put it down. Its really easy to read and has some very practical ideas of how to improve your healing. It addressed all my concerns and queries and really makes you feel that you are definitely not alone on this journey. http://www.thecancerjourneybook.com
"Picking up the Pieces" by Sherri Magee is the best book I've read on dealing with the aftershocks of any cancer. I'm a 25 year survivor too and have read lots, but this one has addressed so many of my concerns. Good for you for recommending it!
I like the Anti-Cancer book too. Also found the book "Your Brain After Chemo" to be very helpful. After months of hearing clinicians say "Oh yeah, that happens" without giving you much you could do about it, this book gave some very practical suggestions. I found them very empowering.
Like Susie Dancing in Limbo has been very helpful for me. Too many other things I have read have so emphasized the need for being positive that they make it sound like having a tough recovery is mostly your fault. They and the people they have interviewed obviously have been through the actual experience.
A favorite: Happiness In a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor by Wendy Hapham. She is an Int Medicine MD dealing with recurring NHL (non-Hodgkin's Lympoma) and LIFE (career, family, kids). Especially helpful with the "chemobrain" issue when it persists after treatment ends.
Dancing in Limbo by Glenna Halvorson-Boyd and Lisa K. Hunter was so helpful for me after I finished my last chemo and was declared 'in remission'. It doesn't necessarily offer any solutions, but it does help you to understand everyone feels the same way after final treatment - abandoned.
Earlier in my diagnosis, Anti-Cancer was really helpful as was The Cancer Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz.
Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber is truly helping me to make healthy, positive, pro-active changes in my life. It also provides the reasons why such changes are necessary. In addition, though it's very long, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee gave me a perspective on cancer treatment that has made me much more pro-active.
Anticancer: A New Way of Life has been a great support for me.
I would love if you passed along my book From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. It is especially helpful for metastatic cancer survivors looking for hope. Here's a link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Incurable-Incredible-Cancer-Survivors-Beat/dp/1451512600/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359394046&sr=1-1&keywords=from+incurable+to+incredible
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